Real Madrid Beat Real Valladolid in Santiago Solari’s La Liga Managerial Debut

Real Madrid beat Real Valladolid 2-0 on Saturday in caretaker manager Santiago Solari’s first La Liga game in charge of Los Blancos, thanks to a Kiko Olivas own goal and a Sergio Ramos penalty.

Los Blancos began the game brightly but fizzled out quickly against an organised visiting side. Enes Unal and Toni Villa both had sights of goal for Real Valladolid in the opening 45 minutes but couldn’t find a way past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

The hosts improved slightly after the break but needed a slice of luck to open the scoring on 83 minutes. Substitute Vinicius Junior drove inside from the right and sent in a cross that hit Olivas and wrong-footed goalkeeper Jordi Masip.

Ramos doubled their lead five minutes later from the penalty spot after Karim Benzema had been brought down. The captain chipped the penalty past Masip to make it two wins out of two for Solari.